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Hildegard von Bingen & Machaut


Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)

Germany
The Abbess of Rupertsberg

Mystic, visionary, poet

Treatise on science, medicine, theology

Healer, Herbalist

A "Renaissance Woman" well ahead of her time

Morality Play
"Play of the Virtues"

translated by Barbara Newman

In the pupil of chastity's eye
I beheld you
untouched.
Generous maid! Know that it's
God
who broods over you.

For heaven flooded you like
unbodied speech
and you gave it a tongue.

Glistening
lily: before all worlds
you lured the supernal one.

How he reveled
in your charms! how your beauty
warmed to his caresses
till you gave your breast to his child.

And your womb held joy when heaven's
harmonies rang from you,
a maiden with child by God,
for in God your chastity blazed.

Yes your flesh held joy like the grass
when the dew falls, when heaven
freshens its green: O mother
of gladness, verdure of spring.

Ecclesia, flush with rapture! Sing
for
Mary's sake, sing
for the maiden, sing
for God's mother. Sing!

MORE POEMS: http://www.poetry-chaikhana.com/H/HildegardofB/OigneeSpirit.htm

"O Lerusalem"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irxG-GCV5Es




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taanHO13WXE

Machaut

monophony


polyphony


Play of Virtues

(morality play)


Organum

Intervals of a fourth and a fifth underneath, sometimes a drone

700-900


1150-1200 School of Notre Dame

Written notation and rhythm

Syncopation


Guillaume de Machaut

Notre Dame Mass


Kyrie

Gloria

Credo

Sanctus

Agnus Dei

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